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Ask the Expert: What Not to Pack

Pack Like a Pro

Here are some items you can leave at home.

Whether you’re freeing up space in your car or keeping that checked-bag weight down, packing efficiently is an important part of your vacation. Wouldn’t it be great if your accommodations already had exactly what you needed, allowing more space in your bags for shopping and souvenirs? That’s where your Vistana® Signature Experiences villa resort collection comes in. There are so many amenities provided to you that what you don’t pack is just as important.


Most villas come with a full kitchen, which means you can enjoy all the flavors of your destination without overfilling your suitcase. And with a refrigerator easily available, you won’t have to waste time, money, or energy buying bags of ice or lugging a bulky cooler around.


Nothing overloads a suitcase quicker than clothing. With a washer and dryer in most villas, you can take advantage of bag space by not packing extra socks, sweatshirts, jackets, or any bulky clothes — just throw what you need to wear into the washer.

Staying Active

Just because you’re relaxing on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t work up a sweat. With access to a variety of amenities like on-site gyms, running trails, and swimming pools, you can stay active without needing to bring extra equipment. As for those sweaty clothes? Just throw them into the laundry … there’s no need for extras.

Stay in and Save

There are plenty of reasons not to overload your suitcase, but there are just as many to not overload your wallet. Since the kitchen is fully equipped, you can save money by staying in, rather than constantly going out to eat. Why waste time and money finding a coffee shop when you can relax and watch the morning golfers with a home-brewed cup of coffee straight from your villa? And with stemware provided, you can enjoy an end-of-the-day glass of wine while watching the sun set.

With all the on-site amenities your villa provides, you’ll be able to spend more time planning for your vacation — and less time packing.

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Story by Tyler Bohlman

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